Monday, 24 July 2017

REVIEW | PRIMARK PRIMER WATER VS SMASHBOX PHOTO FINISH PRIMER WATER


Primark has an amazing range of skincare products now and I am excited to try everything they have to offer. They have some cool printed sheet masks that sound particularly interesting and even a foot mask. I have never heard of foot masks before. I have been splashing the cash a lot lately so in an effort to rein it in I started with the £2 Primer Water that many people claim is comparable to the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water (£20)

What It Is: A primer water that releases in a mist out of a spray dispenser. The design is very simple and clean, visually similar to the Smashbox Primer Water which is interesting considering the massive price difference between the two. 

What It Does: It preps skin for makeup application and can be used to hydrate and refresh throughout the day. Like most mist-type products they are multi-purpose and it is up to the user how they integrate them into their routine. Most likely it would depend on preference. You can use it to prime and set your makeup, as a rejuvenating or cooling mist to freshen your face and to wet your eyeshadows increasing colour payoff.

What I Liked: I like the price and the packaging. It is silicone free, alcohol free and oil free and it does contain glycerin so will have some effect as both a primer and a setting spray. When I use it before my makeup it does leave my skin feeling quite sticky which I think does have a small effect on the longevity of foundation as it has something to grab onto. It smells nice, like rosewater to me but the scent is light, however it does linger in my experience. I really like using it to wet my beauty blender when I use it, it saves so much time. 

What I Didn't: It contains fragrance. It takes a while to dry down if you are using it as a primer. It takes about three minutes to dry completely but as mentioned the skin is left feeling slightly tacky. The nozzle is not my favourite, although the mist itself is extremely fine the nozzle spurts it out quite harshly like a hairspray and can feel like you are drenching your skin which is great if you like that. I would recommend spraying at arms length and slightly above so it falls down on you.  

How It Compares: The ingredients are similar, they both actually contain fragrance which I didn't know. The Smashbox Primer Water does have Diamond Powder according to their website which is the only ingredient that sticks out to me. Here is an article on why diamond powder is such a hot commodity in the skincare realm. It's up to you if you think the diamond powder is worth £18.

Have you tried any primer waters?

Love 
Kiran

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20 comments

  1. I've never tried primer water before. I like that it's silicone free but I don't like the fragrance. Thanks for the review!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

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    1. No problem Jennifer, thank you for reading f x

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  2. I've yet to try a primer water. I have been very curious about the Smashbox one since it came out but expect for trying it in store once, I haven't used it before. xx

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

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    1. Smashbox have definitely led the way with Primer Waters. Thank you for commenting Ann-Marie x

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  3. I've got the Freedom version, and on hot days I prefer using it as the last step in my skincare before applying my makeup. I'm not too sure it helps with longevity, but with my dry skin I feel like it helps stop my concealer from going into any fine lines x

    Velvet Blush

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    1. That's good! I quite like using it on hot days too and I agree not sure it does anything in terms of longevity but it does help with stopping makeup from looking too powdery xxx

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  4. I've never used a primer water before - But I have tried hydrating mists the one from Elizabeth Arden is amazing and definiately feels refreshing

    Beauty Candy Loves

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    1. I didn't know Elizabeth Arden have a moat as well! I have only tried Jurlique and Rodial mists. Thank you for reading Candice x

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  5. I've never tried a primer water before but I know the Smashbox one is well loved and raved about. I'm curious to try this and see if it makes a difference. I honestly don't think it's worth the extra money for some diamond powder! xx Nikita

    BLOG//Jasmine Loves

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    1. I'm inclined to agree haha but it would be nice to compare x

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  6. I have not tried any setting or primer sprays and not sure if I will ever buy either. I am happy with the way I apply my makeup now.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Fair enough :) thank you for reading anyway x

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  7. I haven't tried any primer waters yet - I'm not sure that they'd do much for my dry skin?! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. I think it's supposed to be quite hydrating so is actually geared towards people with dry skin, as ordinary primers may feels too thick or heavy? Xx

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  8. Hmm I think the way it sprays and that it feels sticky probably puts me off a bIt but for the price it doesn't sound bad at all x

    franklyflawless.com

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    1. Yeah I don't see myself re-purchasing but then this will last forever probably haha x

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  9. I'm almost finished my bottle of the Smash Box Primer Water and I really like it. I'm not sure if it makes a difference to my makeup, but it feels really cooling & refreshing. I think the ingredients of it are extremely similar to the MAC Fix+.

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

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    1. I really want to get MAC Fix + I should compare the ingredients with that too! Thank you Nicole x

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